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Zak Drapeau's 2024 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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1. Caleb Williams QB USC 6'1" 215 lbs.

Los Angeles Rams (via Chicago) Big Board Rank #2

TRADE ALERT: LAR Receive CHI 1st Rd (#1)

CHI Receive LAR 1st Rd (#7), 2nd Rd (#38), 2025 1st rd, 2025 2nd rd

Caleb Williams has been the #1 pick for 3 years now and the Rams pull the trigger to move up and get him. Williams will have the benefit of a loaded receiver core to start his career in Los Angeles and hopefully get the Rams back to the Super Bowl in a couple of years.

2. Marvin Harrison Jr WR OSU 6'4" 205 lbs.

New York Giants Big Board Rank #1

The Giants ignore trade requests to select the best prospect in the class Marvin Harrison Jr. While some people will be clamoring for a QB pick here, Daniel Jones has shown a lot of flashes without ever having a true #1 receiving threat.

3. Drake Maye QB UNC 6'4" 230 lbs.

New England Patriots Big Board Rank #3

The Patriots will dismantle their team and management this offseason and will begin a rebuild this offseason and what a perfect way to start with Drake Maye. Some people believe Maye is above Caleb Williams from a pure arm talent perspective. Maye will easily be the best QB in New England since Brady's departure.

4. Jared Verse Edge FSU 6'4" 260 lbs.

Arizona Cardinals Big Board Rank #7

The first edge prospect off the board goes to Arizona and will immediately improve the Cardinals young and raw pass rush. This pick is contingent on Kyler Murray ending the season on a high note and staying in Arizona.

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5. Brock Bowers TE UGA 6'4" 240 lbs.

Chicago Bears Big Board Rank #5

There have been several highly-touted TE prospects over the last 5 years and Brock Bowers will be the best of the bunch. Adding Bowers to a receiving core with DJ Moore and Cole Kmet will give Justin Fields another dangerous option to spread the ball around.

6. Olumuyiwa Fashanu OT PSU 6'6" 319 lbs.

Green Bay Packers Big Board Rank #4

Saying Jordan Love hasn't taken over where Aaron Rodgers left off is a huge understatement. The Packers will probably give him another year to test him and with David Bakhtiari most likely retiring after this season, adding the best Tackle prospect in the last two years in Fashanu is a great pickup.

7. Michael Penix Jr. QB Wash 6'3" 213 lbs.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Chicago) Big Board Rank #14

TRADE ALERT: TB Receives LAR 1st rd (#7)

CHI Receives TB 1st Rd (#11) and TB 3rd Rd (#77)

While Baker Mayfield has put together an impressive season, he is a FA at the end of the season and the Buccaneers may decide to move forward rather than matching an offer in the offseason. Michael Penix Jr. from Washington has flashed true talent this year and will fit in Tampa Bay seemlessly.

8. Joe Alt OT ND 6'8" 315 lbs.

Tennessee Titans Big Board Rank #6

The Titans have taken the first step in their rebuild with finding their QB moving forward in Will Levis, now it's time to protect him. Joe Alt is an enormous human being who will anchor this O-Line for years to come in pass and run blocking alike.

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9. Malik Nabers WR LSU 6'0" 200 lbs.

Atlanta Falcons Big Board Rank #9

The Falcons could be in the market for a QB with Desmond Ridder being replaced by Taylor Heinicke already but I decided to instead give whoever starts next season more help instead. The Falcons have added 1st-round offensive weapons the last 2 season so why not add another in Nabers to truly make them frightening for any NFL defense.

10. Laiatu Latu Edge UCLA 6'5" 265 lbs.

Washington Commanders Big Board Rank #8

The Commanders fire sale of their D-Line almost assuredly means they build the trenches with this pick and they may have made the best pick in the draft with Latu. Latu is an easy Top-5 pick from production standpoint but has dropped in the draft due to injury concerns. If Latu can stay healthy he can easily be the best edge prospect in this draft.

11. Emeka Egbuka WR OSU 6'1" 206 lbs.

Chicago Bears (via Tampa) Big Board Rank #19

The Bears second trade down in the draft turns out to be Emeka Egbuka, a speedster that can take the top off any defense. Egbuka will eb the perfect contrast to DJ Moore and Brock Bowers short-to-mid range threat and make the bears offensive potential Top-10 in the league. Not to mention their trade downs come out to a 2nd and 3rd this year with another 1st and 2-2nds next year.

12. Chop Robinson Edge OSU 6'3" 250 lbs.

New York Jets Big Board Rank #11

This pick is contingent on Aaron Rodgers returning to New York next season or they would definitely attempt to move into the Top-3 of this draft. Instead they continue adding pieces to their stellar defense in Robinson. With Franklin-Myers set to leave after next season, Robinson will pair with Jermain Johnson to terrorize O-Lines for years to come.

13. Kool-Aid McKinstry CB Bama 6'1" 195 lbs.

Denver Broncos Big Board Rank #10

The Broncos will either go CB or WR here and with heir defense being Bottom-5 this season lets go with the best CB prospect Kool-Aid McKinstry to pair with another Bama alum Patrick Surtain II. Anything this team can do to negate opponent's passing attacks will improve this team who is already making improvements in a season that started disastrous.

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14. Jer'Zhan Newton DL Ill 6'2" 295 lbs.

Los Angeles Chargers Big Board Rank #12

The Chargers don't have a dyer need in D-Line, but Jer'zhan Newton may be too good of a prospect to pass up. Instantly becoming their best interior defender, Newton will help Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa give opposing QBs less time to throw the ball against their 32nd ranked pass defense.

15. Dallas Turner Edge Bama 6'4" 242 lbs.

Indianapolis Colts Big Board Rank #13

Another pick that is more BPA rather than a need, the Colts draft Dallas Turner to get a true #1 edge rusher. Kwity Paye never progressed the way the Colts wanted him too and Turner's production at Alabama has shown that he can play off interior threats like DeForrest Buckner beautifully.

16. Cooper DeJean DB Iowa 6'1" 207 lbs.

Las Vegas Raiders Big Board Rank #18

Cooper DeJean is an anomaly in college football right now. Playing corner at the moment but projecting better at safety, DeJean is the most versatile DB in this class. The Raiders are a perfect fit needing help in every position in the secondary.

17. Nate Wiggins CB Clem 6'2" 185 lbs.

Buffalo Bills Big Board Rank #24

With most people clambering for a WR here, the Bills need help in the secondary with Tre White's injury habit and Johnson and Jackson's age getting up there. Nate Wiggins can be elite in man or zone which is exactly what Sean McDermott looks for.

18. JC Latham OL Bama 6'6" 360 lbs.

Cincinnati Bengals Big Board Rank #15

With Jonah Williams ready to move on next season, the Bengals will make a clean trasition after drafting Latham. A 360 pound tackle to pair with 340 lb Orlando Brown on the other side, Latham will be a dominant RT in the league for years to come and hopefully prevent their $275 million man Joe Burrow from being injured as often as he has been.

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19. Rome Odunze WR Wash 6'3" 215 lbs.

New Orleans Saints Big Board Rank #15

The Saints have had a lot of drama at WR this season with Olave and Thomas, who knows where they will be next offseason. Bringing in Odunze who looks like a clone of Michael Thomas anyway, will give Derek Carr a true red zone threat and make the Saints offense one of the most dynamic in the league.

20. Tailese Fuaga OT ORST 6'6" 334 lbs.

Arizona Cardinals (via Houston) Big Board Rank #17

The Cardinals second-1st round pick in this draft sees them adding another man to the trenches but this time on the O-Line. Tailese Fuaga is one of the biggest risers in this draft since the beginning of the season and one fo the best pass bockers as well. This pick gives the Cardinals the ability to move him or DJ Humphries to guard if they want and solitify an O-Line that has been subpar for way too long.

21. Bo Nix QB Oreg 6'2" 217 lbs.

Minnesota Vikings Big Board Rank #23

This pick may be heartbraking for some of you like myself that are rooting for Josh Dobbs. The fact of the matter is Kirk Cousins may have taken his last snap as a Minnesota Viking

22. Braelen Trice Edge Wash 6'4" 272 lbs.

Dallas Cowboys Big Board Rank #27

The Cowboys have as close to a perfect roster as there is in the NFL. What to do when have no holes to fill? PLan for the future. Micah Parsons is one of the best pasd rushers in the NFL but his rushmate Dexter Lawrence won't be able to perform at his level for too much longer and Bralen Trice is a perfect replacement for him.

23. Leonard Taylor II DL Mia 6'3" 305 lbs.

Pittsburgh Steelers Big Board Rank #25

Taylor II just seems like a Steeler. The Miami nose tackle is a great interior rush defender that will pair with Casey Heyward until the former's retirment in a few years. A great way for the Steelers to continue their multiple-decade defensive prowess.

24. Keon Coleman WR FSU 6'4" 215lbs.

Houston Texans (via Cleveland) Big Board Rank #26

CJ Stroud has performed better than anyone expected and is doing so with several B-receivers, so why not see what he can do with a receiver who has an A+ potential. Coleman has the size and speed to become an amazing receiver in the next level and may become the #1 option for Stroud in a very short time.

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25. J.J. McCarthy QB Mich 6'3" 202 lbs

Green Bay Packers (via Miami) Big Board Rank #35

TRADE ALERT: GB receives MIA 1st Rd (#25), 5th Rd (#187)

MIA receives GB 2nd (#38), 3rd (#70) and 4th (#102)

The Packers trade away their Day 2 picks plus a 4th to move up and take Michigan QB JJ McCarthy. McCarthy hasn't been given enough opportunities from Michigan to truly show how special his arm is but has shown that he is a winner. With Jordan Love not meeting expectations this year, putting himunder pressure in a QB battle with McCarthy may either make him a diamond or crush him.

26. Jayden Daniels QB LSU 6'4" 210 lbs.

Seattle Seahawks Big Board Rank #41

The second QB in a row goes off the board as Pete Carroll takes Geno Smith's predecessor Jayden Daniels. Daniels is in Heisman contention this year but has several traits he needs to clean up before he's NFL-ready. Sitting him behind Smith for a year under Pete Carroll's tutelage may be exactly what he needs to make him a Franchise QB in the NFL.

27. Kalen King CB TCU 5'11" 190 lbs.

Jacksonville Jaguars Big Board Rank #24

Kalen King hasn't had as well of a Junior season as his Sophomore campaign but is still close to a lockdown man corner. In Jacksonville, one of the only holes they have is at outside corner alongside Darious Williams so drafting King here makes a lot of sense.

28. Xavier Worthy WR Tex 6'1" 172 lbs.

San Francisco 49ers Big Board Rank #33

The 49ers showed how much their offense declines in Deebo Samuel's absence with their 3-game losing streak so it may be time to add a legitimate 3rd option. Adding more receiving threats will also help Brock Purdy's progression. Worthy is a speedster who can get vthe ball downfield and impose a new threat to this already uber-talented 49er-offense.

29. Amarius Mims OT UGA 6'7" 340 lbs.

Baltimore Ravens Big Board Rank #29

With Ronnie Stanley being injury-ridden this season and Lamar Jakcson needing as much protection to make out-of-the pocket scrambles, it makes sense fo rthe Ravens to bolster their Tackle group. Mims is another mammouth of a man that will show flashes of what Orlando Brown Jr was like in his time at Baltimore.

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30. Kamren Kinchens SAF Mia 6'0" 205 lbs.

Detroit Lions Big Board Rank #28

The first safety off the board is Kamren Kinchens form Miami, who will pair with Brian Branch and make Dan Campbell's defense even more daunting. Campbell has added high draft picks in every position in the defense except for safety and with this addition, their defense may become one of the best in the league.

31. Graham Barton OL Duke 6'5" 314 lbs.

Kansas City Chiefs Big Board Rank #22

It seems like the Chiefs need O-Line help every year with a constant turntable at the position. Barton can come in and immediately start at all 5 positions on the line which is pefect for Andy Reid's scheme. A natural RT, Barton will replace Donovan Smith and make this O-Line stacked at every position and could possibly make Pat Mahomes even better... if that's possible?

32. Tyler Nubin SAF Minn 6'2" 210 lbs.

Philadelphia Eagles Big Board Rank #30

Ending the first round is the Eagles pick of safety Tyler Nubin out of Minnesota. I know what you're thinking, "The Eagles draft a non-SEC player???" Well Nubin certainly plays with an SEC-like style, a large safety with great hit power and an Alpha-presence in the locker room. What will be a role player in the Eagles defense for a year or more, Nubin will turn into a bonafide starter for this team and possibly their best run-stopping safety since Brian Dawkins.

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